The Indian Air Force (IAF) today successfully flight-tested the air variant of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi SU-30MKI fighter jet to hit a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal.
This was the first test of the missile's air version against a target. The development also completes the country's tactical cruise missile triad.
The heavyweight missile, integrated with the long-range fighter, is seen as a force multiplier for the Indian Air Force.
In a statement issued here, the Defence Ministry said that BrahMos, the world's fastest supersonic cruise missile with a multi-platform, multi-mission role, is now capable of being launched from land, sea and air.
"BrahMos created history on November 22 after it was successfully flight-tested for the first time from the IAF frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI against a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal," the statement said.
BrahMos ALCM, weighing 2.5 tonnes, is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India's Su-30 aircraft, modified by Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd to carry weapons.
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The missile test was witnessed by Sudhir Mishra, Director General (BrahMos), and CEO and MD, BrahMos Aerospace, along with IAF officials, scientists and officials from DRDO and BrahMos.
BrahMos is a joint venture between the Defence Research and Development Organisation of India and NPOM of Russia.
The Su-30, considered the most potent fighter jet with India, was the choice for fitting the Brahmos missile as it has an airframe of titanium and high-strength aluminium alloys, fit for a high-speed terrain following profile.
The fighter jet's aerodynamic configuration increases the aircraft's lifting effectiveness, deflects automatically and allows high angle-of-attack flights.